Ghana marches to its own fantastic beat. From the bustling streets of its capital, Accra, and beaches along the coast to the green farmlands and breathtaking national parks, Ghana wows every step of the way.
Did you know that Ghana’s national sport is soccer? It’s a safe bet that you’ll find yourself playing soccer with locals at some point. Ghanaian cuisine is also known for its mix of fresh produce like okra, mango, and watermelon, which you’ll get to enjoy.
This country is more than just a friendly place with beautiful people and gorgeous natural views. Ghana’s growing economy and vibrant democracy give its people plenty to be proud of. There’s a lot of opportunity in the country — and that’s what makes it a great place to volunteer, intern or teach abroad.
In this article, we explore the myriad of ways you can have the experience of a lifetime helping out in Ghana.
Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteer organizations offer you lots of different options to do your part.
Childcare support and development programs in Ghana aim to improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable children. Spend time playing and engaging with children in dire need of love and attention while helping provide for basic needs.
Love Volunteers’ childcare program in Kumasi aims to improve the prospects of Ghana’s most impoverished children, some of whom have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. The program lasts from three to 12 weeks and starts at just $509.
You also can volunteer with children in Ghana with Projects Abroad. Join any time of the year to help children in rural communities. You’ll work at a kindergarten or day care center and work with local teachers and caregivers to support children’s educational development.
2. Community Development
Often times, what communities need most is the infrastructure to make great things happen. Help build schools and community centers, address issues related to education and healthcare, and promote gender equality.
Global Vision International (GVI) offers a comprehensive community development volunteer program in the Greater Accra region. Assist with construction projects and provide community support so communities can get on the path to sustainable futures. The program lasts from six to 12 weeks, with costs starting at $3,095.
Projects Abroad offers the opportunity to travel to Ghana to help build important infrastructure, like classrooms, toilet blocks, libraries, and homes. You’ll work in one of the many little rural villages found in Akuapem Hills and stay with a local host family.
Proper resources for treatable diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, could help solve many health issues too many people face in Ghana — and give them the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Join a healthcare volunteer program and help support initiatives to bring medical services to those in Ghana who need it most.
A Broader View runs a medical volunteer program in Kasoa, Ghana, for those with training in healthcare, as well as currently enrolled medical and nursing students. The program lasts one to eight weeks (starting at $820).
4. Girls’ and Women’s Empowerment
Did you know that the average schooling for girls in Ghana is two years less than boys? With the right support and opportunities, Ghanaian women can unlock their full potential and transform themselves, their families and their communities.
Cross-Cultural Solutions has a specific program for empowering girls and women to be successful, financially independent people. The program focuses on education and leadership skills as the pathway to build stronger women and communities. The program lasts from one to 12 weeks (starting at $2,624).
5. Football Coaching
As Ghana’s national sport, football (a.k.a. soccer) is not only a passion for many youths, it’s also a way to meet friends, build teamwork skills and stay physically fit. If you love football, you’ll love volunteering in Ghana as a football coach.
You can travel to coach soccer in Ghana at any time of year on Projects Abroad’s Volunteer Soccer Coaching Project. You’ll gain coaching experience while helping kids improve their skills and develop their fitness.